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July 19, 2019
Wayne 37
Men's 65
773 posts
Batter's Box
Since a few posters are flying off the handle at each other, how about we get some expert rulings on this one.

7.3 BATTING POSITION A. The batter must have at least some portion of both feet on or inside the lines of the batter's box at the start of the pitch.

Where I come from PORTION OF BOTH FEET ON means no part of either foot can be touching the ground outside the lines. If that was true, there would be no reason for the INSIDE THE LINES to exist in the context of the rule.

In closing, any part of the whole foot outside the lines means you aren't in the box by rule.

July 19, 2019
B.J.
1060 posts
wayne.. I know you mean me.. cuz Dave is only a semi-wanna be expert... lol

well I guess where you come from they do not understand what some portion of both feet must be on or inside the lines of the batter's box at the start of the pitch actually means...

to help you to try to understand this .. the batter only has to be toeing the line.. that means the rest of his foot can be outside of the box at the start of the pitch.. and he must remain in contact with some part of the batters box while hitting the ball
July 19, 2019
lowprofile
64 posts
Hey Wayne, I'm note interpreting it that way, some portion of both feet on or inside the lines of the batter's box, I'm thinking as long as part of your foot is touching the line your ok whether it's inside or outside of the line or box but I could be wrong?

I wish the line was further back because the back of the mat is almost even with the back line and that's pretty ridiculous, it forces us to come to the front of the plate if we like to step into the pitch. thinking we've all grown up playing tourneys and I don't remember any association having the mat almost even with back line? not sure of the philosophy behind the box in SSUSA but we have all adapted lol. This subject just makes me think of the the back of the batters box and where I put my foot. sorry Wayne didn't mean to heist your thread with a little off the main subject matter. As Dave says...carry on!
July 19, 2019
DCPete
409 posts
Maybe you come from the Bizarro World in the old Superman comics where everything was the opposite of what it actually was in the real world.
Sheesh . . .
July 19, 2019
Wayne 37
Men's 65
773 posts
lowprofile,

I understand what you are saying....and you didn't highjack any thread. I think the SSUSA box is 7x3 ft. and baseball in general is 6x4 ft. You get an extra foot of stride and lose a foot of width.


And bj, you're wrong again. Toeing doesn't mean on, unless you mean tiptoes. Toeing means touching. I don't see where it says any part of both feet can be touching outside of the box, so you might want read your rulebook or least take a grammar lesson....lol
July 19, 2019
Wayne 37
Men's 65
773 posts
DCPete, can you describe an IFF rule? Here is one of your statements per the rule.

So the SSUSA amended rule doesn't seem to make any sense as it's written; if any fielder is eligible to create the IFR then how does the Ump draw the line between an Infield Fly vs an Outfield Fly?

The way this wording reads, the ump could call IFR on a fly ball caught on the Warning Track!!!

Now that is Bizarro World!!!

The infield fly rule is there to protect the runners. Any fielder may catch a ball that is ruled an infield fly rule or infield fly if fair. The problem some people have is they think that any ball the goes up in the air in the infield area is immediately an infield fly. Some umpires tend to call it too quick. You need to learn what the words reasonable effort mean.

That being said.
July 20, 2019
B.J.
1060 posts
Dave, please shut this post down and end his incoherent babbling
July 20, 2019
mad dog
Men's 65
4184 posts
i'm with wayne on this.....batters put your feet inside the box before the pitcher pitches....no where do i see where your foot can be outside the box before the pitcher can throw a pitch....rule very clear...."ON OR INSIDE THE BOX COMPLETELY" my complaint is that umps will look at the pitcher like he is crazy when they ask for the batter to get in the box....they say just pitch the ball....
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